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Acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will open the 2005-2006 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Edson Auditorium. Ticket information is available by calling Student Activities at ext. 6080, or visit

Geology Professor Keith Brugger will discuss the geologic record of climate change and its effect on ecosystems and civilization at Morris’ first “Café Scientifique” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. The public is welcome and audience participation is encouraged. Café Scientifique is new monthly series produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History that aims to bring expert-led discussions on provocative science topics out of the labs and into pubs, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the state. The museum has partnered with UMM to bring a year-long series of lively discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to duck hunting to antibiotics and organic foods. For a list of scheduled cafés, visit Café Scientifique is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the University's Council on Public Engagement. The Bell Museum is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Natural Resources.


Mark Logan, mathematics, will present "Order: a mathematical perspective" for the Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Science Room 3610. Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m.. All are invited to join the speaker for dinner at the Diamond Club following the presentation. Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching, the Faculty Development Committee, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Do you have books…in boxes…in closets…under your bed…gathering dust? Briggs Library Associates at UMM wants your books! The Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the UMM Briggs Library Associates, is Friday, Sept. 30. Bring your books, videos, DVDs and CDs to the Briggs Library, or call 589-6226 to arrange for pick up. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The annual sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Briggs Library.

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing on from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. If the weather is too poor to see stars the event will be cancelled. Last-minute information on cancellation due to weather, as well as a schedule of future observing opportunities, can be found at

Senior Meetings will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, (10:10 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2 p.m.) and Wednesday, Sept. 14, (9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1.p.m.) in the Cougar Room/Oyate Hall. Come at a time that is convenient for you. Information on the degree application process and on the job seeking/grad school application process will be available. If you plan to graduate in 2005-06, plan to come to these meetings.

U-Card Office hours during Fall, Semester 2005 are MWF, 1-3 p.m. TTh noon-2 p.m. Any changes to this schedule will be posted near the Business Office.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has issued a new recommendation for college students. It is now recommending that all incoming first year students have the meningitis vaccination. For more information regarding the vaccine and meningitis go to the CDC web site at Any questions regarding the availability of the vaccine can be directed to Health Service at ext. 6070.

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program: You must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 19. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education OR Jane Kill, Counseling for information on registering.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008: There will be an informational/application meeting for all elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008 on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in MRC 205. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2006: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2006 on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 3:45 p.m. in Science 3610. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

Evergreen Reader Volunteer Training Session will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the West Wind Café, in the West Wind Village, 1001 Scotts Ave., Morris. New and experienced readers are welcome to learn how to volunteer in this reading aloud program for older adults. For more information, call Anne Schwaller in Community Ed, 589-4394 ext 2232.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to 309 Behmler to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the website:
the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Free admission to all Cougar Fest pre-game activities and to the Cougar football game vs. Westminster on Saturday, Sept. 17. "Restore the Roar" during the Second Annual Cougar Fest with pre-football game activities and concessions beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cougar football kickoff at 1 p.m. Fire up the Cougar football team 10 minutes before game time by joining the "Cougar Canal," located just outside the gate. Competition continues at halftime during the "Who's got the Power of the U" tug o' war. UMM faculty/staff and Morris community residents are invited to compete against students. Want a football preview before Cougar Fest? The Morris Area-Willmar Youth Tackle Football League will host two games on Saturday morning. The fifth and sixth grade athletic competition, with Morris vs. New London-Spicer beginning at 8 a.m., will precede Cougar Fest.


U of M Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA)
UMM Deadline: Monday, Sept. 12, 2005
(Note UMM deadline to Dean's Office is earlier than Grad School deadline)
The Grant-in-Aid program, administered through Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, has been established to promote excellence in the scholarly, scientific, and artistic activities of U of M faculty. In many cases, grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as "seed" money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Highest priority is given to funding that assists new members of the faculty, particularly junior faculty, in establishing research, scholarly, or artistic programs. The grant period for proposals awarded in the fall begins January 1, 2006 and ends June 30, 2007. There is no rigid maximum amount of a grant: In FY 2005, 114 grants were awarded ranging from $2,374 to $34,438 the average award was $22,570.

U of M Faculty Summer Research Fellowships Program
UMM Deadline: Monday, Oct. 25, 2005
(Note UMM deadline to Dean's Office is earlier than Grad School deadline)
The purpose of the Faculty Summer Research Fellowships program is to encourage research and artistic creation by enabling members of the faculty to devote full time to intensive work on their projects during the summer. Applications are invited from University faculty engaged in scholarly or creative work in the arts, humanities, social sciences or those aspects of other sciences which have humanistic or social science content, or employ humanistic or social science methods. While fellowships cannot be awarded for the publication of work already completed or for the preparation of textbooks, the awards otherwise support the full range of scholarship, inquiry and creative work at the University. The proposed project generally should promise completion within the period of the fellowship or shortly thereafter. The stipend will be $5,000 payable in two installments during the award period requested. Additionally, the McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, administered by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, will provide a matching fellowship to awardees whose proposed scholarly or creative work is in the arts and humanities as defined by both subject matter and methodology.

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